Stem Cells Poised to Self-Destruct for the Good of the Embryo

IMAGE: This is an image depicting active Bax (red) located at Golgi of human embryonic stem cells. Nuclei are stained in blue.

Embryonic stem cells — those revered cells that give rise to every cell type in the body — just got another badge of honor. If they suffer damage that makes them a threat to the developing embryo, they swiftly fall on their swords for the greater good, according to a study published online May 3, 2012 in the journal Molecular Cell. Continue reading